As I share this information with you, I don’t want you to feel like I’m your strict parent about to give you a lecture on your work ethic.
(Ok… brace yourself… lol)
Not at all.
Actually, I just want you to remember a few key things that you may have already picked up in your entrepreneurial journey that many of us need to revisit.
These are the things I have learned along the way and continue to remind myself to do on a daily basis…
Things I learned from top leaders, mentors (not necessarily ‘gurus’) and those who are actually out there doing stuff…
The words themselves are not that glitzy or glamorous, but they mean a lot to you in terms of how you perceive your own business and the services provided by others.
I’m talking about the SKILL of…
TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
And yes, I do mean it as a SKILL that can be learned.
No matter where you run your business, on or offline, you will have a much better experience when you maintain an ethic of personal responsibility.
Personal responsibility, for your business and yourself, is going to make a huge difference in the way that you select your gurus, tools, and courses of choice as you become a more experienced entrepreneur.
As you build on this ethic, several strategies are involved, such as:
- Building up core personality skills that will help you in your business and even other important parts of your life.
- Not blaming tools, courses, or gurus for any failures you experience.
- Understanding that just as many people make money online as they can offline, and vice versa.
- Careful reading of copy writing in sales letters and email offers.
Core personality skills you should have as an entrepreneur.
You need these skills under your belt because they will make many tasks so much easier to complete and will improve your relationships with prospects and business partners.
Communication with Others:
Be clear, direct, and concise.
You want to be understood as you deliver your messages.
Emails to your contacts should be insightful, informative (as necessary), and not pushy.
Your phone calls should usually be scheduled and follow an agenda.
If you drag on for too long over the phone, you will feel burnt out and so will the other person.
Emails and phone calls are great when they follow a structure and provide valuable information to the other person.
Not Blaming Others:
Maybe a popular course, product, or service caught your attention.
You invested in it and it didn’t work.
It won’t make sense to assign blame to something if it has worked well for many others.
Determine first that you followed all the steps before you declare that it is “useless.”
If your investment isn’t a good fit for your personality or your business, review the refund policy carefully…
But again, don’t assign blame to external forces (such as the company from which you made the purchase).
In the end, it’s really not their fault if you did not take the necessary steps to make sure you would be ok if you changed your mind about buying the tools they offered. Take control of the matter and review your options carefully.
Understanding money is made and lost online and offline:
Some of us might not succeed with our first online business, and that is okay.
Many wealthy entrepreneurs had to go through more than one opportunity before landing on the business that worked the best for them and brought them the results they desired.
That’s one of the great things about the network marketing industry.
You can start in a home business right away and the startup costs are almost always affordable.
This makes it easier for you to try out different things until you land on what feels the most natural and best matches your passions.
You can also run an offline business with just as much success as an Internet-based business.
Many people have started restaurants and boutiques with great success and despite any economic shifts, continue to do really well.
Reading and Writing Copywriting:
At this point you may have already gone through several sales letters about amazing support systems, tools for Internet marketing, or even personal development, and a lot of these are offered by “gurus.”
As you read the sales page, you have the opportunity to determine something about the expert offering the product or service and know right away whether they are a good match for you.
Some questions to consider are,
“Does this person speak to my passions?”
“Do I fully understand and relate to his/her message?”
“Is this a service/tool/course that speaks to the needs of my business?”
Not surprisingly, many people are quick to purchase something without reading the sales letter carefully.
They don’t take a moment to know the refund policy and when they do receive the course, they find that can’t make any use of it and become upset. This channels you back to the issue of not blaming others.
We all have a great level of responsibility for the investments we make, whether it’s a home business opportunity or tools for personal and/or business development.
Those entrepreneurs who refuse to take responsibility for these choices will continue to repeat a cycle of failure that will undoubtedly be hurtful to many of their business endeavors.
We are all human beings, and as such we are prone to being flawed.
This is not a bad thing at all, but the solution is to become aware of those flaws and become better people when we know our weak points.
The better you know your strengths, the more likely you are to select the gurus, tools, courses that best fit your personality type.
And the more aware you are of the differences in personality types, the better you will select the people who will join your business organization and cause it to thrive.
Dream ENORMOUS, my friend…
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Jerry, this was a phenomenal post. Thank you for breaking it down to the foundational skill of taking personal responsibility. I needed this tonight.
Hey Jinnia – You are welcome…Glad that it helped at the time you needed it!
NARESH KUMAR says
I WIL ACT ON THE INFORMATION GIVEN AND STOP BLAMING OTHERS AND TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIILITY.